Play for Health Initiative

Dr. SpenglerI am pleased to introduce the Play for Health Initiative (PHI), housed within the Texas A&M University School of Public Health’s Health Promotion Department.  The PHI engages in outreach and research tied to the policies and environments that promote, provide and improve opportunities for leisure-time physical activity for everyone. In research, we seek evidence-based solutions that help sports and play-based initiatives serve the public interest, with a focus on the health needs of children and communities.  The PHI is a proud supporter of #Girlsare, a nationwide campaign to empower girls and women to move and celebrate their athleticism. More about the #Girlsare campaign can be found at  The PHI also supports and engages the Word Fit Foundation and World Olympians Association by organizing weekly World Fit walks and wellness activities. The vision of the PHI closely aligns with the work of organizations such as Active Living Research (see, AHA’s Voices for Healthy Kids (see the Clinton Health Matters Initiative, the National Recreation and Park Association, and the Aspen Institute’s Sport and Society Program (see Importantly, the PHI was founded to provide student research, outreach, and job/practicum opportunities where students have an interest in applying Public Health to the fields of sport, recreation, fitness and wellness.  We continue to seek new ideas and collaborations and would be pleased to hear your thoughts about potential new collaborations and project ideas.  


All the best,

Dr. J.O. Spengler